It’s never been more important to make the most of our resources and start recycling what we can, so fighting food waste should be a year-round mission. Luckily, it’s perfectly possible to have a happy holiday without being wasteful. Read on for some handy hints on how to celebrate the holidays while doing your bit to protect the planet.
A great start is writing shopping lists. This might seem obvious, but less than 25% of adults do this, which is how so many of us end up with more perishables than we can eat. We are all guilty of buying a big bag of tomatoes, only to get home and realise we already had plenty in the fridge drawer. Before you go out on your holiday grocery shop, take stock of what you have already and go easy on buying a lot of things that will perish quickly. It will help you cut down on waste and save money (always a good thing around this time of the year). There are also lots of other tips to help you shop for the festive season and cut down on the left-overs: check out this at this article for more hacks on waste-free shopping.
Bought or made to many mince pies and Christmas puddings? Even after these have been cooked, you can always freeze them. When you have a mince pie craving come February, simply defrost them and pop them back into the oven to reheat. In general, your freezer is your secret weapon around this time of the year.
A lot of wine gets opened at Christmas, but not all the bottles get finished. If you have opened wine knocking around that is still drinkable, throw it into a pan with seasonal spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice) and make a classic mulled wine. It’s a warming party drink and a delicious way to get the most out of every bottle.